With this recipe, you’ll learn how to make Orange Glaze for anything from cakes and donuts to muffins and scones.
Why This Recipe Works
- Using fresh orange juice as well as zest packs this glaze with amazing fresh orange flavor.
- A choice of granulated or powdered sugar gives an option between a crunchy or soft finish.
- The Granulated Sugar option creates a crunchy finish which adds a different texture to anything you use it on.
- The Powdered Sugar Option creates a soft velvety glaze.
Fresh Orange Juice Is Best
I highly recommend using fresh oranges for this recipe as freshly squeezed juice is key to getting that bright citrus flavor.
To keep things super simple, just use the zest from the same oranges used for juicing. No need to worry about exact measurements.
The Best Oranges To Use
Navel or Sunkissed Oranges are always a good option or if you can find them, Cara Cara oranges have a unique, wonderfully sweet, tangy flavor.
If your oranges seem hard, heat them in the microwave for 15 seconds and roll them over a hard surface with your palm before juicing.
Any Citrus Fruit Will Do
The best part of this recipe is how adaptable it is. I’ve used it to make a tangerine glaze that I used on my tangerine drizzle cake and lemon glaze that I used on my Lemon Blueberry Scones, but lime and grapefruit are delicious too!
How to Make Citrus Glaze
- Juice and zest oranges to make the orange juice.
- Mix in a bowl with the sugar until combined
- Store in a sealed container for up to 3 days before using.
How To Make an Orange Icing Glaze
To Make an Icing glaze, just replace the granulated sugar with powdered sugar (the measurements are in the recipe) and add a little melted butter with the juice and zest and mix until smooth.
Erren’s Top Tips
- Buy the freshest oranges that you can find with a citrusy fragrance for the best possible flavor.
- As you’ll be using the zest, look for a clean, healthy peel with skin that is unblemished.
This recipe makes enough glaze to glaze an entire 12 cup bundt cake, and 12 donuts or muffins.
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Let’s Make Orange Glaze
For A Crunchy Glaze
- ⅓ cup fresh orange juice 1to 2 oranges
- 1 tablespoon orange zest 1 to 2 oranges
- 1 cup granulated sugar
For Icing Glaze
- ⅓ cup fresh orange juice
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
For Crunchy Glaze
- In a small bowl, mix together the orange juice, zest, and sugar and mix well until combined.
For Icing Glaze
- In a small bowl, mix together the orange juice, zest, butter and sugar and mix well until combined and smooth.
- If the icing is not pourable, you can microwave it for 30 seconds or so. If not thick enough add more sugar a little at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.